In certain circumstances, a DUI offense can result in a person facing severe felony charges. In accordance with DUI laws in our state, an individual who is driving under the influence and causes an accident in which someone is seriously injured (even including their own passengers) can be charged with vehicular assault, which is a class D felony. The penalties for a vehicular assault conviction are considerable, and can include license revocation for 1 to 5 years (depending on the number of prior offenses the defendant has), exorbitant fines and court fees, and imprisonment in jail for 2 to 12 years.
The elements of a DUI related vehicular assault crime are very similar to those of vehicular homicide. In order for prosecutors to successfully obtain a conviction in such cases, they must be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that:
A skilled DUI attorney will fully investigate your vehicular assault charges, and will seek to obtain evidence or testimony that refutes the accusations of the prosecution, or establishes firm doubt regarding those accusations.
If you have been charged with vehicular assault, it is important that you have an experienced DUI attorney representing you in your case. Parkerson Santel, PLLC is well versed in all aspects of Tennessee DUI law and is available to provide you with legal defense against your vehicular assault charges. The firm's attorneys will provide you with representation that is personalized and aggressive, which will give you a strong chance of a successful result in your case. At Parkerson Santel, PLLC, the team's goal will be to obtain an outcome in which your charges are reduced or dropped, eliminating the possibility of you being served with harsh punishment.
Contact our firm today to learn more about your legal options.